born on 1/8/1941 in Oradea, Bihor, Romania
Júlia Várady (Hungarian: Várady Júlia, born Júlia Tözsér, September 1, 1941) is a German soprano of Hungarian origin born in Nagyvárad, Hungary (today Oradea, Romania).
At the age of six she began violin lessons at the music conservatory in Cluj-Napoca and then, aged fourteen, voice training with Emilia Popp. She later studied voice with Arta Florescu in Bucharest.
She made her debut, as a mezzo-soprano, with the Cluj Opera in 1962, singing in Gluck's Orfeo and as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte.
In 1970 she joined the Frankfurt-am-Main Opera and thereafter sang mostly in Western Europe. In 1973 she moved from Frankfurt to the Bayerische Staatsoper (the Bavarian State Opera) in Munich and later joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; at the Vienna State Opera; at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan; at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and at the Salzburg, Munich and Edinburgh festivals. In 1978 she created the role of Cordelia at the premiere of Aribert Reimann's opera Lear with the Bayerische Staatsoper.
In 1977 she married baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. In 1998 she retired from opera. She is currently a guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Here are most of the roles Julia Varady sang and played in staged opera performances. Roles she sang in the studio (such as the Empress in Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten) or in concert (such as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio) are not yet included.
- Julia Varady: Song of Passion DVD (documentary and recordings of live performances) EMI Classics
- J.S.Bach: Coffee Cantata, Peasant Cantata CD, London 11/1981, Julia Varady (Soprano), et al., with Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields, Phillips Digital Classics
- Rosenthal, H. and Warrack, J. (eds.), "Varady Julia", The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 1979. p. 519
- Julia Varady section of Julia Varady und Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau website, in German and English
- Short biography of Julia Varady, with some differences from the above